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#283: Japanese Breakfast, “Jubilee”

Michelle Zauner’s first two albums as Japanese Breakfast sounded promising, but not really that exciting – not that it aimed at that. But, as soon as the horns in “Paprika” kick in, you can’t help but feel this *is* the breakout album we were waiting for from a stellar songwriter. Ironically enough, it was the inward-looking, gorgeous slow burner album closer “Posing for Cars” that made us pick “Jubilee” as our album of the week. Go get it.

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#226: M. Ward, “Migration Stories”

We thought about not posting anything else for a day except John Prine tunes. But hey, there’s 1h43min of new tunes to listen to, and we’re not holding them hostage. This week, we focus on M. Ward’s tenth LP, Migration Stories. Which is, basically, more of the same. Fortunately for us, was there a time where “more of the same” from the American singer-songwriter meant anything other than good news?

Plus: new tracks by Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The RealLoose KooziesWestern CenturiesBrent CobbDoug TuttleAlex IzenbergTOPS, Irma Vep, Rolling Blackouts Coastal FeverNo AgeIceageYves TumorPsychic IllsOrville PeckJess WilliamsonWhitney Rose, Superwolf, Andrew BirdSharaya SummersLaura MarlingTalitha FerriBasia BulatLogan Ledger, and Mavis Staples.

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#222: Jonathan Wilson, “Dixie Blur”

Two more hours of brand new music, this time with a focus on the incredible new album Jonathan Wilson has just put out. Apparently back to his “Frankie Ray” days of some more traditional Americana via Laurel Canyon songwriting, this a record that is going to keep us busy for months. What’s more: new songs by Nadia ReidCourtney Marie AndrewsTalitha FerriCabaneMatt ElliottArbouretumReal Estate, Chase Weinacht, James ElkingtonDoug TuttleNicole AtkinsDirty ProjectorsHailu MergiaSkinshape, Lithics, Irma Vep, Diet CigLucinda WilliamsLukas Nelson & Promise Of The RealChris AckerAdam GreenKevin MorbyRose City BandThe MastersonsBrandy ClarkWestern CenturiesLuka KuplowskySwamp Dogg, and Honey Harper.

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#190: Cate Le Bon, “Reward”

Time for the yearly meeting of the Cate Le Bon Appreciation Society, on the occasion of the release date of the Welsh songwriter’s fifth album, “Reward”. The goddaughter of the 90s Welsh indie pop of Gruff Rhys et al has long outgrown her own scene, and her exquisite avant-pop reached a level of uniqueness that makes it impossible to lump her together with anyone at all. It’s yet another magnificent record from Le Bon and we’re thrilled to live in the same era as she’s making music.

In this week’s playlist: new tracks by Alex Lahey, Lydia Ainsworth, Carly Rae Jepsen, SAMIA, Stef Chura, Los Retros, Faye Webster, Okey Dokey, Night Beats, Amyl and The Sniffers, Institute, Black Mountain, Earth, Bill Callahan (smog), Mavis Staples, Dylan LeBlanc, Frankie Lee, Justin Townes Earle, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Doug Tuttle, and Los Coast.

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#185: Daniel Norgren, “Wooh Dang”

Swedish singer-songwriter Daniel Norgren has quietly been releasing a considerable amount of albums over the past eleven years on his Superpuma Records. “Wooh Dang” – an “intertwining of analog instrumentation, live performance, and rural field recordings” is probably his most accomplished work yet. His brand of rural Swedish blues have never sounded this good, and it took us some deep thinking to pick up two of his songs for this week’s playlist.

Plus: new tracks by She Keeps Bees, Sevdaliza,Cate Le Bon, Pip Blom, Mavis Staples, Molly TuttleHouse and Land, Rose Elinor Dougall, Kevin Morby, Fat White Family, Altın Gün, The YawpersDrugdealer, Ari Roar, Doug Tuttle, The Long Ryders, Field Medic, The Tallest Man On Earth,Spencer Tweedy, Chris Staples, Tōth, Valley Maker, and Joe Kaplow.